The title of this blog comes from the closing sentence of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
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In case you’ve been living under a rock, some serious shit has been going down in Eastern Europe. I got this email a few days ago from American University’s Institute for Russian Culture and, after waffling back and forth, I determined an appropriate response.
Please RVSP for the IRC’s Film Screening of Mister West!
Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema at the Embassy of the Russian Federation!
(and it went on from there with details)
To whom it may concern,
I am afraid that I cannot, in good conscience, RSVP for this event in light of Russia’s recent violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty.
With sincere regret,
Bryan C. Schwartz
I hope that this brief response is interpreted as a display of solidarity and not some kind of Fox News level display of American jingoism.
Instead of using her words, Mother Russia has once again decided to use her fists and I think we all have an obligation to raise our voices in protest. Although I believe the US government should commit itself only to condemnations and the harshest nonviolent forms of protest, the situation is nonetheless utterly unconscionable.
Here are a few pieces of reporting that you should review.
- In Crimea, A Simmering Cauldron by Robert Coalson for Radio Free Europe
- To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history by Adam Taylor for Washington Post
- Secretary Kerry’s Official Remarks from the United States Department of State.
- Russian invasion of Crimea in no one’s interest by Michael Pizzi for Al Jazerra America
- The BBC has created a relatively good and constantly updating feed devoted to the crisis here.
Lavender Country — Cryin’ These Cocksucker Tears
So here’s the story: a Seattle man named Patrick Haggerty wrote and recorded an openly gay country album as Lavender Country in 1973. This is because he is a steelier person than you or I. He included a waltz called “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears” because he’s funnier than you or I. And he loaded the song, and the album, with exquisitely personal and painful lyrics that raged against the hypocrisies, large and small that defined his life.
Isn’t that grand? I think I’ll use it as an opening line for my thesis. Jokes? Maybe not.
They’re reissuing the entire record on March 25th. I think it’s more than deserving of some space on my iPhone.
On a related note, I finished this little mix for my mother’s birthday (though I need to come up with a better title and picture). It includes most of the songs that we used to play in the car on road trips. …In case there was any doubt, my parents are the coolest.